The Nice List at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre

Another one-stop shopping destination that I love to go to is Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre.  You really could spend all day shopping, then end it with dinner and a movie.  Sounds like a perfect day to me!  If your looking to shop local know that not every business is corporate, there are plenty of small businesses that you can support too.  I’m rounding up some of my picks here.

Not sure which list your on?  This reversible sequin pillow from Palmetto Moon gives you both options:)

Whether you’re looking to get your Santa photos for your kids or pets, Towne Centre makes it so easy.  Click here for a full schedule of dates and times, plus you can reserve a spot ahead of time.

Want to impress your wine connoisseur friend?  The Cellar Wine & Gifts carries everything under the sun when it comes to wine and beyond.   They have the La Grande Dame 2006 Veuve Clicquot which is an exclusive blend of eight classic Grands Crus: Aÿ, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir (53%); Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay (47%).  This luxury brand knows how to combine their sophisticated packaging and supreme taste.

I got the most amazing blowout and glamour treatment by Terrance at Stella Nova.  There’s nothing like a good blowout to make you feel like you can conquer the world.  I also love that they stock the best quality brands in the beauty industry including Oribe, Fresh, R+Co, and Moroccan Oil to name a few.

Stella Nova also carries so many great stocking stuffers including bath bombs, soaps, and these beautiful candles that smell so heavenly.

Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre has given back to the community in so many ways.  This summer I worked with them and Make A Wish to enhance a wish by giving a much deserving girl a shopping spree.  It was inspiring to experience so many businesses who want to pay it forward.   This holiday season Towne Centre is hosting their annual holiday gift drive with East Cooper Community Outreach.  You pick a card, purchase the items listed on the card, then return the card and the items, unwrapped, to the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre Management Office.   Gift tags will are available at select stores including Athleta, Burtons Grill, Southern Tide by M. Dumas & Sons, Lizard Thicket Boutique, CycleBar, TCBY, European Wax Center, TGI Fridays, Qdoba and Regal Cinema, plus at the Towne Centre Management Office at 1218 Belk Drive.  All items purchased need to be brought in no later than December 21.

You’ve got to fuel up in between all of that shopping cardio.  I always stop in Napa Mt. Pleasant when I’m in the neighborhood.  My go to?  The mussels that they switch up the broth every season.  This one in particular had blistered tomatoes and jalapenos for a nice kick.  My outfit is from Vestique which just moved to the same block as Napa.  I’m a sucker for overalls so I had to jump on this one.  They stock so many cute women’s styles for such affordable prices.

I hope I helped knock out some gift giving ideas for you at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre. There’s always something new in store over there including a park that they are building out right now. View more to see the rest of my picks.

Photos by Libby Williams of Plate South

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One Stop Shopping at Citadel Mall

Are you a busy mom like me?  Then you can agree that a one stop shopping trip for your gifts is essential.   I visited the Citadel Mall last week and gathered some gift ideas for the fashion conscious loved ones in your life along with party outfit ideas.   In holiday tradition Santa will be at Citadel Mall for Christmas pics and wish lists.  Visit him Monday-Saturday from 10-8 and Sundays from 12-6.

Have you been to Dillard’s  lately?  If you haven’t then you’ll be impressed by their amazing shoe selection and clothing department.  They carry brands like Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Free People, and Antonio Melani. These glitter pumps by MICHAEL Michael Kors  are party ready.  They also stock a big selection of holiday decor and gifty items upstairs and they’re always having a great sale.

This coat by Jack by BB Dakota from Style Dwell is only $98 and is the softest faux fur you’ll ever wear.  Christie Bishop owns this locally owned shop and she always finds the cutest clothing and accessories at attainable prices.  They are always getting new shipments in every week so pop in to see the exciting things they have in store.

Valerie dress by Two Sisters dress $128, hat $28, boots by Ccocci $74, and earrings by We Dream in Colour $180 all from Style Dwell

Betsey JohnsonWrap Me Up Bow Convertible Cross-Body/Belt Bag $78 from Dillard’s 

I will also be featuring them on Lowcountry Live this Friday for my “Fashion Friday” segment with gift ideas for everyone on your list so tune in!

Antonio Melani Wool A-Line Double Breasted Coat $369,  Antonio Melani fur stole $79,  MICHAEL Michael Kors Claire Glitter Dress Pumps $58.50,  Gianni Bini Foil Top Handle Bag $85, Southern Living Grand Noel Collection 24″ Shatterproof Ornament Wreath $89 all from Dillard’s at Citadel Mall

Photography by Nicole Mickle, on location at Hotel Bella Grace

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Decking the Halls With Vieuxtemps

Are you having a hard time finding something for everyone on your Christmas list?  Vieuxtemps at 180 King Street has such a fun selection of gifts for him, her, and even the pups.  What’s even better is that they also have a great price range for everyone.  Natalie the owner has a keen eye for what’s chic and timeless. They are ramping up for a busy December including a pop up tonight at The Charleston Library Society’s Holiday Bazaar from 5:30-7:30pm.   Then this Sunday Dec 9th from 12-5pm they’re hosting a Makers Holiday Market for Second Sunday on King.  As always in the spirit of giving they are accepting donated toys for Toys for Tots and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase too.

Now onto the presents.  I grew up playing backgammon and this one is something you’ll want to show off when guests come over.

Laquer Backgammon Board $280

Always hosting Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner?  Why not invest in China that you’ll keep in you family for years to come?  I love these Bernardaud Grenadier Christmas China plates.
Dinner – $75, Salad – $60

Want your pup to feel fancy too?  Santa loves spoiling pets!

Vietri Old St Nick Dog Bowl $52

If your a candle hoarder like me then you need one of these refillable match lighters.  Nest Candles makes heavenly scents that will get you in the holiday mood like this one in Birchwood.  Fake tree?  No problem, this Christmas tree candle will keep them guessing.   Want to serve ice cream like a boss?   This Nina Oberoi Ice Cream Pint Holder is for that special someone who loves to get fancy when entertaining.
Refillable Match Lighter $18, Nest Votive in Birchwood $18, Nina Oberoi Ice Cream Pint Holder $65

This Likha Handmade Clutch with Mother of Pearl Closure is made in the Philippines so of course I love it.  It also comes in black, navy, ivory, and cafe.
Likha Clutch  – $200

Louis Sherry Chocolates are the perfect stocking stuffers and the tins they come in are so chic and reusable. Vieuxtemps is hosting a Paige Hathaway Thorn Trunk Show on December 12th from 4-7, she will have her throws, scarves, and other beautiful silk items and everything is made locally in Charleston.

Louis Sherry Chocolate Tin $35, Lollipop Ornament $16, Paige Hathaway Thorn locally made Silk Throw $300

If your a last minute shopper like me then swing by their Lower King Sip & Shop on December 14th from 3-6pm.  Can’t make it in the store?  You can always DM them on Instagram or call them directly at 843-577-6811 and they’ll make it easy to get the present to the destination.  And don’t forget to mention this blog post for 10% off your purchase through the end of the year at Vieuxtemps.  Happy Shopping!

Dress by Gianni Bini
Photography by Nicole Mickle, on location at Hotel Bella Grace

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The New Romantics

When creative forces collaborate beauty shines.  I was fortunate enough to work with Charleston creatives Pale Girl PhotographyDaniel Velasco,  Lexxie Jones, Treshawn Ford,  Jahde Leather Atelier,  Petaloso, Bellelina Studio, and Katrina Lawyer to produce a collection of stunning imagery.  I pulled clothing from former Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designers Joan’s Bridal CoutureAndrew Clancey , Tygerian LaceViviane Carvalho, and Emilie Lauren Schroeder .  The 11 years of fashion week have been an incubator for design talent in the south and beyond.  I have forged meaningful relationships with some of the designers, including one of my close friends Daniel Velasco who presented a collection at CFW 3 years ago and is also a very talented illustrator.  I’m so grateful for the talent that has graced our city because it has elevated the creative community to the next level.  I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do!

Dress by Joan’s Bridal Couture

Velvet suit by Andrew Clancey Any Old Iron

Sequin blazer by by Andrew Clancey Any Old Iron

Dress by Tygerian Lace

Dress by Viviane Carvalho

Dress by Emilie Lauren Schroeder

Sequin cape by Sequin blazer by Andrew Clancey Any Old Iron

Dress by Joan’s Bridal Couture

Photography by Pale Girl Photography, Illustration and retouching by Daniel Velasco, Models – Lexxie Jones and Treshawn Ford, Jewelry by Jahde Leather Atelier, Floral Design by Petaloso, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Studio, Hair by  Katrina Lawyer , Styling by Andrea Serrano assisted by Kara Wells

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Pampered and Pretty

There’s no doubt the holiday rush starts earlier every year and can be all consuming.  What do you gift the person that has everything already?  I’m all about experiences, or gifts that give you the permission to relax and pamper yourself.  Woodhouse Day Spa is the ultimate urban escape that will put you in a state of zen.  With over 70 treatments including facials, sleep treatments, massage therapy, wraps, scrubs, foot treatments, hand treatments, and waxings you will never run out ways to pamper someone (or yourself).    If you still want to give a gift they can unwrap their retail boutique also offers plenty of ideas from jewelry, skincare products, makeup, accessories, and pj’s.

You can never have too many cuddly things to lounge around in and this Ugg Robe and Cat’s Pajamas are so soft you won’t want to take them off.   Ugg’s best selling robe in a plush double knit fleece with faux fur is like wearing your favorite stuffed animal you slept with when you were a kid.

These Cat’s Pajamas are produced in Venice, California and made from Luxe Pima and Pima Knit imported from Peru.

Jade rollers have been used for centuries to refine and enhance skin elasticity.  The Ginger Chi Jade Roller remains cool on contact, which helps to decrease puffiness, increase lymphatic drainage, close the pores, and tighten skin.

Shannon Gallo produces Oyster Candle Company candles in Charleston, SC.  The candles are all hand poured and triple scented in small batches.  The oyster shell tea light candle sets are the perfect lowcountry gift.  When you purchase a $250 gift card at Woodhouse Day Spa you can receive a set for free.   Woodhouse Charleston is locally owned by Kim Powell who always supports her community, so when you shop there your contributing to the local economy. 

Looking for the perfect hostess gift for that special someone in your life who loves cooking and baking?  Simply Whimsical has the cutest aprons and kitchen accessories for a domestic diva.  I met the owner Kathy Williams a couple of years ago when she was living in Charleston.  I was so inspired by her story of humble beginnings of hand sewing aprons for friends and family to having her products being sold at T. J. Maxx, Home Goods, Marshalls, Burlington, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and Century 21 stores across the country.  But her line doesn’t stop in the kitchen.  She has expanded to shower curtains and pillows.  Her collection changes every season and she always something exciting up her sleeve.  Stay tuned for a special homage to Charleston coming early Spring!

This holiday gift set is a snowman apron, matching kitchen set, pot pinchers and glamour gloves. The value is $96 but it’s selling for $29.99.

Tune into Lowcountry Live today at 10am because I’ll be featuring Woodhouse Day Spa and giving away a $100 gift certificate and this holiday gift set from Simply Whimsical.

Louise Et Cie Jonah Leather Metal Bar Pearl Detail Pumps $139 and Antonio Melani Brin Puffed Shoulder A-Line Midi Dress $169 from Dillard’s Citadel Mall

Photography by Nicole Mickle, on location at Hotel Bella Grace

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Sweet Sensation

With holiday season in full swing things can get overwhelming with events and gift shopping.  I love featuring ways to reduce the stress of hosting and gift giving.   Whether your throwing the party or attending one,  these Cupcakes from Cupcake Down South are always a hit.  Why attempt to make these yummy treats when you could have someone bake them for you?  Each one is a work of art and living in the age of instagram, you want to make sure your food is looking on point.

Cupcake  makes ordering so easy online.  Just click on SHOP ONLINE at the top of the page and select a store and order time. If your ordering more than a week in advance then you can always call one of their locations.  Downtown Charleston @ 433 King Street :: 843.853.8181, Mount Pleasant @ Belle Hall Shopping Center :: 843.856.7080,or Downtown Columbia @ 1213 Lincoln Street :: 803.212.4949

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday so I have to acknowledge the many great things Cupcake does for the community. Kristin Kuhlke Cobb and her team have supported dozens of nonprofits from animal shelters, breast cancer, children, homeless, and veterans.

For every pupcake pack (dog friendly treats) they donate $1 to the Charleston Animal Society and Columbia Animal ServicesThey also deliver donated cupcakes to patients, nurses, and volunteers at local hospitals.  They created limited-edition cupcake flavors after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, donating $1 from every one sold to storm victims.   

They’re an active and enthusiastic sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure each year. Every October, they create a limited-edition Cupcake for the Cure and donate $1 from every purchase of these pink cupcakes. Their bakery crews also participate in the annual Race for the Cure. 

Through their Yesterday’s Cupcakes program, they’ve donated more than a half million cupcakes to nonprofits over the years, including Boys and Girls Club, Carolina Homeless Veterans, the Charleston Center for Women, Delancey Street Foundation of South Carolina, The Dream Center, ECCO, Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina, Hospice of Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), MUSC Children’s Hospital, Neighborhood House, One 80 Place, Share Our Strength, St. Andrew’s Parks & Playground, The Arc, United Service Organizations (USO), the Washington Soup Kitchen, Wings for Kids, and many others.

                   Spartina 449 on King Street is a treasure trove of goodies for every woman on your list.  From whimsical stationery,  bags for every function, to the prettiest jewelry, they have everything for every price point.  This localish brand started in Daufuskie Island, SC and have sprouted stores all over the southeast.  If you can’t make into the store, then shop online 24/7 at your convenience.  There’s still time left to shop Cyber Monday deals at Spartina 449.  They’re offering 25% off everything online until 11:59 p.m. EST tonight with coupon code THANKS.

                                        Evening Swing Earrings $38 and Around the Moon Cuff $49 from Spartina 449

Spartina 449 is also big on giving back with their MERMAIDS FOR MAMMOGRAMS initiative.   They support Pledge the Pink, a local charitable non-profit devoted to breast cancer awareness and prevention. Annually, Pledge the Pink hosts a three-day, 30-mile charitable race event on three beautiful South Carolina islands. They also host a number of charity events at their stores for other local causes.  I attended a great one over the summer for Sara’s Cure, benefiting Sara Woods, a young James Island girl who is battling Clear Cell Sarcoma.

Siren Top Handle Crossbody $298 from Spartina 449

This gorgeous bag right here won’t be available until December 3rd, so stay tuned for their new releases because it’s coming in 3 different color ways for only $98.  I hope you got some great gift ideas and ways to make your holidays sweeter.

Photography by Nicole Mickle, on location at Hotel Bella Grace, Dress by Dolly Pearl from Bella Bridesmaids Charleston

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Love of a Lifetime

This Thanksgiving I have so much to be grateful for.  Thankful for the life that I live and the people that I share it with.  I want to thank my amazing husband Gus, who helped me create this life full of love, joy, compassion, and gratitude.  The universe has always been in our favor since we started dating 17 years ago and this past September we celebrated 15 years of marriage.   In true Serrano style we wanted to celebrate big with a party and a photo shoot.  But mother nature had other plans for us because Hurricane Florence rolled into town and we had to cancel our grand plans.  Then, exactly 2 weeks after our anniversary a photographer reached out to me on Instagram telling me she would love to take my picture with Gus to celebrate our anniversary.  Emmy Gaines of Searching For the Light Photography, by chance was already planning a trip to Charleston so the timing worked perfectly.  Emmy is a Colorado based photographer who specializes in couples photography, focusing on milestones such as anniversaries.  She noticed that couples stopped celebrating their marriage after their wedding day and she wants to encourage others to celebrate their beloved every single day.

The whole experience with Emmy felt like a couples therapy session.  She made us take inventory of the past 15 years by sending us questions to answer and we took the love language quiz.  She even had us write letters to one another which we brought to the shoot and read out loud. Emmy went above and beyond and had us record our voices and send to her so she could put together a slideshow with us reading the letters.

 It is so important to reflect on the time spent together and celebrate it.  It’s so easy to go through the motions everyday without taking a moment to appreciate everything that has happened in your life both good and bad.  Doing this photoshoot reminded us of the life that we built together.  Being able to document all of this will be a keepsake we will always cherish and hopefully our children will enjoy it for years to come.

I’m so excited that our story is also shared on The Wedding Row today as well.  View more if you want to learn more about our love story and see more of the beautiful photos by Searching for the Light photography.

Blue dress by Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids Charleston, Jewelry from Gold Creations, Headpiece from Emma Katzka // Green dress by Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids Charleston, Rings from Gold Creations, earrings from Moon & Lola, Headpiece from Emma Katzka

Photography by Emmy Gaines Searching for the Light,  Makeup by Jonny Cosmetics at Colur Studios, Hair by Drybar Charleston, Car from Cars on Kiawah , Flowers by Petaloso

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